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() Illegal tanning injections which are said to trigger a host of health problems were being sold to Britons on eBay.

MailOnline found Melanotan II, which comes in powder form and is diluted in water, was easily available on the online marketplace despite being banned in the UK.  

The drug was even being sold in DIY injectable kits that come with syringes, needles, alcohol swabs and vials of water. 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - which ensures drugs are safe to use - has branded melanotan dangerous. It said it has received reports of up to 74 separate side-effects.

Melanotan II, an injectable tanning drug banned in the UK, is being sold to Britons on eBay. Some come with DIY starter kits that include syringes, needles, alcohol swabs and vials of water

Melanotan II, an injectable tanning drug banned in the UK, is being sold to Britons on eBay. Some come with DIY starter kits that include syringes, needles, alcohol swabs and vials of water

The drug comes in powder form and is diluted in water before being injected into the skin. It's a synthetic hormone which encourages the body to produce melanin, the pigment which gives skin its colour

The drug comes in powder form and is diluted in water before being injected into the skin. It's a synthetic hormone which encourages the body to produce melanin, the pigment which gives skin its colour

They include acne, stomach pains, eye disorders, sickness, and even heart problems. 

In some cases the drug caused the enlargement of moles and freckles which led to the misdiagnosis of cancer. 

MailOnline found three sellers offering to distribute melanotan II to UK customers on eBay for between £22 and £28.

The sellers were all European - two from Castricum, Holland, and one from Moscow -and had 100 per cent positive user feedback from more than 250 buyers.   

In each listing, the sellers said the drug gives 'a nice summery skin tan for every skin type'.  

Melanotan is banned in most countries including the US and Australia. Under UK law it is illegal to ship or sell both variants of the hormone but it is not illegal for customers to buy it.

Sellers in Britain face up to two years in jail and an unlimited fine. Melanotan II is an synthetic hormone which encourages the body to produce melanin, the pigment which gives skin its colour.

Melanin acts as the body's natural protection from the sun, and skin gets darker when more of it is present. 

While melanotan does not instantly give people tans, it makes the skin overproduce the pigment whenever it's exposed to UV rays. 

One seller, from Moscow, had 100 per cent positive feedback from 212 customers and was selling 10mg of the drug for £26.78

One seller, from Moscow, had 100 per cent positive feedback from 212 customers and was selling 10mg of the drug for £26.78

The 'transformation' images used on several of the listings

Sellers claimed they were the results melanotan use

The 'transformation' images used on several of the listings showed two pairs of generic legs, one pale and one bronzed and claimed to be the results from melanotan use

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